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# How can I get better at math?

I don't understand math. #mathematics #math

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# Andrew’s Answer

Mathematics is a language, a logical and symbolic language. Just like any other language, the best way to improve our mathematical language skill is to practice, practice, and practice.

It should also be appreciated that mathematics is a concise, precise, and very unforgiving language. That said, we need to be patient in that we must build our skill set one step at a time. The skill set is built upon prior knowledge. Therefore, make sure you feel competent and proficient in your current step before you tackle the next step.

I was not good in mathematics in middle school. Well, it was over half a century ago. What I did was to complete all, I really mean ALL, the problems in my geometry, algebra, and trigonometry textbooks. I spent one to two summers to write up detailed solutions to these exercises. That was quite a hill to climb, but I felt much more at ease with mathematics afterward. Well, I still had to struggle with mathematics in my undergraduate years, but it was manageable.

It should also be appreciated that mathematics is a concise, precise, and very unforgiving language. That said, we need to be patient in that we must build our skill set one step at a time. The skill set is built upon prior knowledge. Therefore, make sure you feel competent and proficient in your current step before you tackle the next step.

I was not good in mathematics in middle school. Well, it was over half a century ago. What I did was to complete all, I really mean ALL, the problems in my geometry, algebra, and trigonometry textbooks. I spent one to two summers to write up detailed solutions to these exercises. That was quite a hill to climb, but I felt much more at ease with mathematics afterward. Well, I still had to struggle with mathematics in my undergraduate years, but it was manageable.

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# Gwynneth’s Answer

There are a lot of different avenues to improve your math skills. I would always start with your classmates and your teacher. If your school has a tutor that would also be a good place to start. I always found additional manuals helpful. My first year of college I had to take calculus 1 which I didn't understand at all. I bought the book "calculus for dummies" and it actually helped me a lot. If there are specific issues you are having trouble with there are also a lot of online videos that might be helpful such as Patrick JMT. #mathematics-education

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# Hannah’s Answer

I would try to tackle the specific area you are struggling with by talking to your teacher/tutor, reading the textbook, and solving problem after problem after problem. Math requires practice - the more you practice, you more you will see what the questions are looking for and how the answers are formed. Math is definitely one of those subjects that cannot be conquered by simply observing. Practice makes perfect! Best of luck in your endeavors to understand math!

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# Lisa G.’s Answer

I enjoy math, but I stink at arithmetic. Maybe it is similar for you. Sometimes you just need to start to try the problems and then you find out you are better at it than you thought. And if you like to do puzzles, think of the problems as puzzles.

If you can't figure out where to start, see if one of your friends in the class, the teacher, or other resources at your school have time to sit with you and point out a good path.

Don't get too frustrated. I am sure you can do it!

If you can't figure out where to start, see if one of your friends in the class, the teacher, or other resources at your school have time to sit with you and point out a good path.

Don't get too frustrated. I am sure you can do it!

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# Simeon’s Answer

I would look up educations videos YouTube and seek out other free online resources. This might sound boring, but if you can get a used math book and go through it at your own pace, it should help. Also, keep an eye out for youth mentoring programs to try and get someone who could help coach you through learning math.

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# Freddie’s Answer

Hi There,

Math hasn't always been my strongest subject in school. One thing that I've learned that works for me is to set dedicated time where I wasn't distracted, ensure I had some sort of visuals (You Tube) or live tutoring online is a great start . I would follow the equations by writing them out, pause and read on the principles of the equation (This Help) repeat the process two times or until you become familiar. I follow that same process to this day and it's worked for me. Be encouraged! You can do this!